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Basic Ingredients for Chinese Cooking

Part of the Chinese Cooking For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Stock your pantry with basic ingredients for Chinese cooking so that you can whip up an authentic Chinese meal on a moment’s notice. Just add whatever fresh meat, fish, and produce you feel like — and before you know it, you’ll have a balanced, quick, and easy-to-make dish on your table.

Sauces and Condiments Spices and Seasonings
Prepared black bean sauce Chinese five-spice powder
Chile oil Chinese hot mustard
Chile paste or sauce Whole and crushed dried red chiles
Hoisin sauce Sichuan peppercorns
Oyster-flavored sauce Star anise
Plum sauce White pepper, ground
Rice vinegar Canned and Dried Ingredients
Rice wine (or dry sherry) Bamboo shoots
Sesame oil Broth (canned or homemade)
Soy sauce Cornstarch
Vegetable oil (peanut oil preferred) Dried black mushrooms
Noodles Long-grain rice
Cellophane or bean thread noodles Sesame seeds
Dried egg noodles (store in freezer if fresh) Straw mushrooms
Dried rice noodles Water chestnuts
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